ENID, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma sheriff and three others face manslaughter charges in the 2016 death of an inmate who authorities say spent more than two days in a restraint chair without food or water.
Garfield County Sheriff Jerry Niles; his daughter-in-law, then-jail administrator Jennifer Shay Niles; and jailers John Robert Markus and Shawn Caleb Galusha were charged Wednesday with first-degree manslaughter, the Enid News and Eagle reported.
They're accused in the death of Anthony Dewayne Huff, who was arrested June 4, 2016, on a public intoxication complaint. They originally faced a lesser charge of second-degree manslaughter, but prosecutors dismissed those cases in December and said they planned to file new charges.
Huff was placed in a restraint chair by jail staff on June 6, 2016. He was found unresponsive in the chair two days later and was pronounced dead.
A federal lawsuit also was filed last year that accuses Garfield County officials of negligence in Huff's death and of violating his constitutional rights.
Jerry Niles also faces misdemeanor nepotism charges for appointing the employment of his son, Logan Niles, and daughter-in-law. Jerry Niles put himself on paid leave last year.
An order filed Wednesday states all Garfield County judges have recused themselves and a judge in another county has been assigned to handle the cases.
Information from: Enid News & Eagle, http://www.enidnews.com